Ant and Dec admit they ‘tried to convince’ I’m A Celeb bosses to film in north east to be closer to their families
19th September 2020

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! hosts Ant and Dec have admitted they appealed to the show’s bosses to move this year's series to the north east of England.

This year’s show will see celebrity campmates rough-it in an abandoned castle after bosses were unable to use its usual location in the Australian jungle.

Ant and Dec, both 44, had appealed to the show’s producers to have this year’s series set in the north, near their hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, and admitted they “pitched a lot of castles” including Lindisfarne Castle nestled off the north-east coast on Holy Island.

Another option the pair suggested was Warkworth Castle, which is 29 miles from their hometown.

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However, the bosses set in Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Wales for this year’s series.

Dec has told The Sun they were excited at the prospect of being closer to their family.

He said: “I said we should put them all on Holy Island, let’s all go to Lindisfarne (castle), get them all there.”

Meanwhile Ant, who was recently snapped looking loved-up with his girlfriend Anne-Marie, added: “You’ve got Warkworth castle, we pitched a lot of castles – we tried.”

The castle bosses settled on a castle in the north of Wales, which was reportedly hired by the show’s bosses for more than £1million over six weeks.

Ant revealed he is still getting used to the idea of the show being filmed in the UK rather than Down Under.

He recently said on Steve and Karen’s Breakfast Show on TFM: “There is going to be a real curiosity for what it’s going to be like, from us more than anybody.

“It’s going to be fun, everybody loves I’m a Celebrity and we are used to it being one way and we are doing it a different way – let’s see what happens.”

He added about the cast: “The casting is looking really strong at the moment, the celebs will be really good, they’ll be up for it.

“We live in a different world this year than we normally do, so everybody kind of understands the reasons why, we just can’t wait to get going.”

A number of stars have been rumoured for this year’s series including Maya Jama, Bev Callard, who recently opened up about her botched operation to OK!.

The most recent star to be set to join this year’s series is EastEnders star Jake Wood, who is leaving his role of Max Branning.

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Speaking exclusively to OK! online a source said: “Jake has more than a few offers on the table and plenty of things in the works too.

“He’s not gonna be short of work and projects so he needed to take time from EastEnders just so he can find the time to do a few other bits.

“The door isn’t going to be closed on his character forever so he’ll be able to return if he wants.”

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